'Barry from DC' calls WTOP to thank Va. Gov. Kaine
By Rosalind Helderman
Gov. Tim Kaine (D) fielded calls for the last time on WTOP's "Ask the Governor" program this morning, including one with a familiar voice identified by host Mark Seagrave as "Barry from D.C."
That would be President Obama, calling in to congratulate his pick for chairman of the Democratic National Committee as he concludes his four years as governor of Virginia. Another call came from Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell, during something of a greatest hits for Kaine during the hour-long program.
Obama started his call by telling Kaine that he had some questions about traffic in Northern Virginia.
Both men laughed, and then Obama went on to say, "Rather than go there, I just want to say how proud we are of your service as governor as the Commonwealth of Virginia and just you and the family all the best this Christmas season, after a just terrific round of service for the people of Virginia."
"Well, Mr. President, that means a lot," Kaine told Obama. "As I think back about my four years as governor, I still think my happiest day as governor was in November of 2008 and the great work we did together across the nation and in Virginia was spectacular and I'm excited to continue to be in service, as they say."
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